Congressional Aide Fact Sheet
The Congressional Aide program offers a great opportunity to mentor girls interested in civic engagement. The girls are selected through a highly competitive process. They can competently shadow staff members, greet visitors & give tours, assist with research, attend hearings, answer phones, learn about the Federal government, and assist with other office assignments.
Congressional Aide Fact Sheet History Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital has partnered with congressional offices to provide a week-long shadow program for Girl Scouts in 11th-12th grades who expressed an interest in government. Congressional Aide is a truly unique program offering girls in the Greater Washington Region a closer look into government. This year, we are excited to celebrate 40 years of Girl Scouts on the Hill! Mission The Congressional Aide program builds girls’ civic knowledge and professional skills, and inspires a lifetime commitment to public service. We work with participating offices each year to give girls the opportunity to work with and learn from Members of Congress and their staff. Leadership Outcomes GSUSA has identified leadership outcomes achievable through Girl Scouting. The Congressional Aide program: •Encourages civic engagement •Inspires a commitment to public service •Facilitates interaction and learning between Girl Scouts and elected officials •Develops girl’s professional skills Why It Matters Participation in Girl Scouting instills leadership in young women like no other program in the country. In 2012, a historic number of women were elected to Congress; now, 60% of women in Congress were Girl Scouts. The core principles of Girl Scouting have an enormous impact and lead girls to do great things. Your participation in the Girl Scout Congressional Aide program will expose young women to the political process at a critical time in their lives. More about the Girl Participating girls are from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, which includes 25 counties in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia & the District of Columbia. Ways to involve your Congressional Office The Congressional Aide program offers a great opportunity to mentor girls interested in civic engagement. The girls are selected through a highly competitive process. They can competently shadow staff members, greet visitors & give tours, assist with research, attend hearings, answer phones, learn about the Federal government, and assist with other office assignments. Please Contact Us If your office is interested in hosting a Girl Scout for a week during this summer or you have more questions, please contact Page Yarborough, Teen Program Specialist, at (202)274-3336 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Civic engagement is central to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience: When Girl Scout Ambassadors (Grades 11-12) complete the Public Policy badge, they will have a better understanding of public policies and how to influence legislation that is important to them. The badge involves the following steps: 1: Find out how activists advocate for change 2: Engage as a global citizen 3: Dig into national or state public policy 4: Explore local or community policy 5: See public policy creation in action Similarly, Girl Scout Seniors ( Grades 9-10) can earn the Behind the Ballot badge. Once completed, they will know the importance of voting and how people get elected to office. The badge involves the following steps: 1: Find out more about elections 2: Investigate the ins and outs of voting 3: Get out the vote 4: Plan a campaign 5: Explore voting in other countries In addition to badges, Girl Scouts can complete a leadership Journey and even earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest earned award, to round out their Girl Scout Leadership Experience as teens. “I was so happy to host two young women as part of the Girl Scout Congressional Aide Program. They represented the honor and commitment of this important program, which has helped educate young women about our political system, with the utmost respect, hard work, and courtesy.” --Representative Renee Ellmers, [2nd district of North Carolina] “I learned a lot about how much work goes into being a Representative and running a congressional office. I am so grateful for this experience and I only wish it had been longer than one week!” --Girl Scout Lauren W. About Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is the premier leadership development organization for girls, with 89,343 girl and adult members: 63,983 girls (grades K-12) and 25,360 adult volunteers and lifetime members. With the support of dedicated adult volunteers and parents, the generosity of corporations, foundations and our popular Girl Scout Cookie program, Girl Scouting helps build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We serve the Greater Washington Region, which includes the District of Columbia, eight counties in Maryland, ten counties in Virginia and seven counties in West Virginia. For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate visit our website at www.gscnc.org.